The New Audio Podcast, Episode 4: A history of vocal effects


It’s back! Check out iZotope’s latest installment of The New Audio Podcast wherein we take a stroll through a history of vocal effects. Come for vocal effect gems and stay for the comedy gold. Oh hey, and share this podcast on Facebook or Twitter and mention your favorite historical vocal effect until July 15th, and you could be one of 3 winners of VocalSynth! Use #vocalhistory!

At iZotope, we love audio in all its shapes and forms. "The New Audio Podcast" is a forum for candid, spirited, and and wide-ranging discussions with audio engineers, producers, and musicians. We'll get to the bottom of the things, chat about industry trends, music, and even meet some of iZotope's talented core of audio professionals.

Episode 4

In this, our fourth installment, iZotope Research Sound Design Manager Jack Cote gives an informal overview of the history of vocal effects. From vocoders to polyvox, talk-boxes to Skrillex, audio processing before and after World War II, a lot of ground is covered very quickly. We even talk a bit about iZotope’s latest effects hotness, VocalSynth.

So buckle up, dear listener, it’s time for The New Audio Podcast!

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